A Combine helicopter, (also called a "Hunter-Chopper") armed with a machine gun and capable of dropping mines. The mines are buoyant, and their timer only activates when they collide with the environment. In Episode 2 their detonation timer is delayed when picked up by the Gravity gun. Upon touching an NPC they detonate instantly. They can be dropped one at a time, or when triggered the helicopter can rush a target dropping a massive amount of mines.
- This is a Flying NPC, that uses info_node_air, info_node_air_hint or path_track's for AI navigation.
Dedicated Console Variables
- <integer> Helicopter Spawn Health (Default: 5600)
- <float> The angle in degrees of the cone in which the shots will be fired
- <integer> How many shot bursts to fire after charging up. The bigger the number, the longer the firing is
- <integer> How many shots to fire in a single burst
- <float> The amount of damage the helicopter grenade deals.
- <float> The damage radius of the helicopter grenade.
- <float> The physics force that the helicopter grenade exerts.
- <float> Damage helicopter shots deal to the player
- Used in ammotype "HelicopterGun"
- <float> Damage helicopter shots deal to everything but the player
- Used in ammotype "HelicopterGun"
- <float> How fast does the zapper drone move?
- <float> How much time we have to wait (on average) between the time we start hearing the charging sound + the chopper fires
- Initial Speed
- The speed that the entity should try to reach as soon as it spawns.
- Target path_track
- The name of a path_track that this NPC will fly to after spawning.
- Values for
- Target Path Corner (target)
- The path_corner that this NPC will move to after spawning.
- Squad Name (squadname)
- NPCs that are in the same squad (i.e. have matching squad names) will share information about enemies, and will take turns attacking and covering each other.
- Hint Group (hintgroup)
- Hint groups are used by NPCs to restrict their hint-node searching to a subset of the map's hint nodes. Only hint nodes with matching hint group names will be considered by this NPC.
- Hint Limit Nav (hintlimiting)
- Limits NPC to using specified hint group for navigation requests, but does not limit local navigation.
- Sleep State (sleepstate)
- Holds the NPC in stasis until specified condition. See also 'Wake Radius' and 'Wake Squad'.
- 0: None
- 1: Waiting for threat
- 2: Waiting for PVS
- 3: Waiting for input, ignore PVS
- 4: Auto PVS
- 5: Auto PVS after PVS
- Wake Radius (wakeradius)
- Auto-wake if player within this distance
- Wake Squad (wakesquad)
- Wake all of the NPCs squadmates if the NPC is woken
- Enemy Filter (enemyfilter)
- Filter entity to test targets against
- Ignore unseen enemies (ignoreunseenenemies)
- Prefer visible enemies, regardless of distance or relationship priority
- Physics Impact Damage Scale (physdamagescale)
- Scales damage energy when this character is hit by a physics object. With a value of 0 the NPC will take no damage from physics.
- Disable shadows (disableshadows)
- Prevent the entity from creating cheap render-to-texture shadows. Does not affect shadow mapping.
- Disable ShadowDepth (disableshadowdepth)
<boolean>(New with Portal 2)
- Used to disable rendering into shadow depth (for projected textures) for this entity.
- Projected Texture Cache (shadowdepthnocache)
<choices>(New with Portal 2)
- Used to hint projected texture system whether it is sufficient to cache shadow volume of this entity or to force render it every frame instead.
- 0 : Default
- 1 : No cache - render every frame
- 2 : Cache it - render only once
- Render Mode (rendermode)
- Set a non-standard rendering mode on this entity.
- Render FX / Transparency (0 - 255) (renderamt)
- Transparency amount, requires a Render Mode other than Normal. 0 is invisible, 255 is fully visible.
- Render Color (R G B) (rendercolor)
- Color tint.
- Disable Receiving Shadows (disablereceiveshadows)
- Prevent the entity from receiving shadows on itself.
- Render FX (renderfx)
- Preset pattern of appearance effects.
- Pitch Yaw Roll (Y Z X)
- This entity's orientation in the world. Pitch is rotation around the Y axis, yaw is the rotation around the Z axis, roll is the rotation around the X axis.
- Entity Scripts
<scriptlist>(New with Left 4 Dead 2)
- Space delimited list of VScript files (without file extension) that are executed after all entities have spawned. The scripts are all executed in the same script scope, later ones overwriting any identical variables and functions.
- Script think function
<string>(New with Left 4 Dead 2)
- Name of a function in this entity's script which will be called automatically every 100 milliseconds (ten times a second) for the duration of the script. It can be used to create timers or to simulate autonomous behavior. The return value (if present) will set the time until the next call. Note:Try to avoid expensive operations in this function, as it may cause performance problems.
- Allow Physics Gun (gmod_allowphysgun)
<boolean>(Only in Garry's Mod)
- If set, players cannot use Physics Gun on this entity.
- Sandbox Tool Whitelist (gmod_allowtools)
<string>(Only in Garry's Mod)
- If set, only given tools can be used on this entity. You need to supply the tool class names, the names of the .lua files of those tools. This also includes the context menu properties!
- <float> Time in seconds the helicopter has to see the player before he starts shooting
- <float> Speed at which the helicopter moves if he has no enemy.
- 1 : Wait Till Seen
- 2 : Gag (No IDLE sounds until angry)
- 4 : Fall to ground (unchecked means *teleport* to ground)
- 8 : Drop Healthkit
- 16 : Efficient - Don't acquire enemies or avoid obstacles
- 32 : No Rotorwash
- 64 : Await Input
- 128 : Wait For Script
- 256 : Long Visibility/Shoot
- 512 : Fade Corpse
- 1024 : Think outside PVS
- 2048 : Template NPC (used by npc_maker, will not spawn)
- 4096 : Do Alternate collision for this NPC (player avoidance)
- 8192 : Don't drop weapons
- 65536 : Loud rotor wash sound
- 131072 : Electrical drone
- 262144 : Helicopter lights
- 524288 : Ignore avoid spheres+boxes
- 1048576 : More aggressive attacks
- The helicopter will immediately move at top speed toward its current goal, or in its current orientation if it's on top of its goal.
- Tell the helicopter to move to a path corner on a new path.
- Self Destruct.
- Activate. Use to wake up a helicopter that spawned with the 'Await Input' spawnflag on.
- Set a track for the helicopter to adhere to. The helicopter will do nothing if he's on the same path, and will move to the closest point on the specified track if he's on a different path.
- The helicopter will first fly to the closest point on the path if he's on a different path. Then he'll fly along the path to the specified track point.
- The helicopter will fly to the given path_track.
- Start patrolling back and forth along the current track.
- Stop patrolling back and forth along the track. This will cause the helicopter to come to rest at the track which he's currently flying toward.
- When tracking an enemy, choose the point on the path furthest from the enemy, but still in firing range.
- When tracking an enemy, choose the point on the path nearest from the enemy.
- The helicopter is now allowed to disobey direct commands to go to particular points if he senses an enemy. He will move to the closest point (or farthest point, if ChooseFarthestPathPoint is used), on the path if he senses an enemy.
- The helicopter can not disobey direct commands. He will continue to fly along his patrol path or to his specified target even if he senses an enemy.
SetRelationship <string|targetname or classname> <string|disposition> <int|rank>
- Changes whether this NPC likes or dislikes certain others. Used like the ai_relationship entity, with this NPC as the subject.
- Values for
- Set the NPC's health.
<integer>(New with Half-Life 2: Episode Two / Source 2007)
<integer>(New with Half-Life 2: Episode Two / Source 2007)
- Add to or remove from the NPC's health.
- HACK: Sets this NPC's body group (from 0 - n).
- Scales the damage taken when this character is hit by a physics object. 0 means this feature is disabled for backwards compatibility.
- Burst into flames.
- Ignite for the given number of seconds.
- Ignite with the given number of hitbox fires.
- Ignite with the given hitbox fire scale.
- Smash into pieces. If this is not possible, disappear.
BecomeRagdoll(New with Half-Life 2: Episode Two / Source 2007)
- Remove itself and instantly become a ragdoll with zero force (just go limp). OnDeath, etc. Outputs will NOT be fired.
- Enter/exit scripting state, where NPCs ignore a variety of stimulus that would make them break out of their scripts. They ignore danger sounds, ignore +USE, don't idle speak or respond to other NPC's idle speech, and so on.
- Start an assault at the given rally point.
- Change the name of this NPC's squad. Leaving the parameter blank will remove the NPC from any existing squad.
- Wakes up the NPC if it is sleeping.
- Clears out the NPC's knowledge of a named entity.
- Gagged NPCs won't speak (or moan, caw, etc.) unless made to be a choreographed scene.
- Ignore danger sounds for the specified number of seconds.
HolsterWeapon(New with Half-Life 2: Episode One / Source 2006)
UnholsterWeapon(New with Half-Life 2: Episode One / Source 2006)
- Force the NPC to holster or unholster their weapon. Ignored if the NPC is scripting or if the NPC doesn't use weapons.
HolsterAndDestroyWeapon(New with Half-Life 2: Episode One / Source 2006)
- Same as
HolsterWeapon, except the weapon is destroyed once it has been concealed.
ForceInteractionWithNPC <string> <string>(New with Half-Life 2: Episode One / Source 2006)
- Force the NPC to use a dynamic interaction with another NPC. Syntax is
<targetname> <dynamic interaction>
UpdateEnemyMemory(New with Half-Life 2: Episode One / Source 2006)
- Update (or create) this NPC's memory of of the given entity.
<float>(Only in Garry's Mod)
- Sets the maximum look distance for the NPC. Defaults are 2048 and 6000 for long range NPCs.
- Sets the entity's transparency to a number from 0 (invisible) to 255 (fully visible). Requires the entity to have its Render Mode (rendermode) set to a number other than
- Sets an RGB color for the entity.
- Removes this entity and any entities parented to it from the world.
- Functions the same as
Kill, although this entity and any entities parented to it are killed on the same frame, being marginally faster than
- Evaluates a keyvalue/output on this entity. It can be potentially very dangerous, use with care.
<output name> <targetname>:<inputname>:<parameter>:<delay>:<max times to fire, -1 means infinite>
- Fire the
OnUseroutputs; see User Inputs and Outputs.
- Same as a player invoking +use; may not do anything. Can also be invoked by creating an output that does not specify an input.
This input is not included in Valve's FGDs.
<script>(New with Left 4 Dead 2)
- Execute a VScript file from disk, without file extension. The script contents are merged with the script scope of the receiving entity.
<string>(New with Left 4 Dead 2)
- Execute a string of VScript source code in the scope of the entity receiving the input. String quotation may be needed when fired via console. Bug: In , the code is executed in the script scope of the entity that fires the output, not the one receiving the input.Warning: Never try to pass string parameters to a script function with this input. It will corrupt the VMF structure because of the nested quotation marks, which then must be removed manually with a text editor.
<string>(New with Left 4 Dead 2) !FGD
- Execute a VScript function in the scope of the receiving entity.
<coordinates>(New with Alien Swarm) !FGD
- Send this entity to a spot in the map. If the entity is parented to something, it will be offset from the parent by this amount.
<angles>(New with Alien Swarm) !FGD
- Set this entity's angles.
- Starts the chopper leading enemy vehicles and dropping bombs on them.
- Starts the chopper trailing enemy vehicles and shooting at them.
- Starts the chopper in the mode where he always stops at nav points instead of stopping anywhere in between nav points.
- Starts the chopper *always* leading enemy vehicles (regardless of how they are moving w/respect to the path) and dropping bombs on them. This mode is different from StartBombingVehicle in that it never uses the machine gun.
- Starts the chopper dropping bombs randomly + shooting at the player.
- Starts the chopper bullrushing the player.
- SetHealthFraction <float>
- Sets the chopper health as a percentage of max health
- Starts the chopper being deadly to on-foot players
- Stops the chopper being deadly to on-foot players
- The chopper will fire in short bursts. Good for on-foot experiences
- The chopper fires in long bursts
- The chopper fires continuously.
- Allows the helicopter to fire immediately if he's not in the middle of charging or firing
- SetAngles <angles>
- Instantly snaps the orientation of the helicopter
- Immediately drops a bomb based on normal bomb dropping rules
- Immediately drops a bomb directly downwards
- DropBombAtTarget <target_destination>
- Immediately drops a bomb directly at the target destination, but only if the player isn't right there
- DropBombAtTargetAlways <target_destination>
- Immediately drops a bomb directly at the target destination, no matter whether it's fair or not.
- DropBombDelay <float>
- Add a delay before the next bomb is dropped
- Makes the helicopter take no more damage
- When the helicopter moves, he will not check for visibility from the path_track to the enemy to cull out path_tracks
- When the helicopter moves, he will only move to path_tracks that have line-of-sight to the enemy
- Fired when this NPC takes damage (activator is the damage inflictor)
- Fired when this NPC is killed (activator is the killer)
- Fired when this NPC reaches half of its maximum health
- Fired when this NPC hears a sound (other than combat or the player)
- Fired when this NPC hears the player
- Fired when this NPC hears combat sounds
- Fired when this NPC establishes line of sight to its enemy
- Fired when this NPC loses line of sight to its enemy
- Fired when this NPC loses its enemy. Usually due to the enemy being killed/removed, or because this NPC has selected a newer, more dangerous enemy
- Fired when this NPC establishes line of sight to its enemy, and that enemy is a player
- Fired when this NPC loses line of sight to its enemy, and that enemy is a player
- Fired when this NPC loses its enemy, and that enemy was a player. Usually due to the enemy being killed/removed, or because this NPC has selected a newer, more dangerous enemy
- Fired when this NPC is hurt by a player (activator is the attacker or vehicle driver (if friendly fire))
- Fired when this NPC is hurt by a player OR by one of the player's squadmates (activator is the attacker or vehicle driver (if friendly fire))
- Fired when this NPC has refused to join the player's squad
- Fired when this NPC enters a sleep state
- Fired when this NPC comes out of a sleep state
- Fired when the NPC starts a forced interaction.
- Fired when the NPC aborts a forced interaction for some reason (target NPC died, couldn't be pathed to, etc)
- "NPCs in actbusies can no longer perform dynamic interactions." To do: What does this mean?
- These Outputs each fire in response to the firing of the like-numbered
FireUser4Input; see User Inputs and Outputs.
OnKilled(Only in the Left 4 Dead series)
- This Output fires when the entity is killed and removed from the game.
- OnHealthChanged <integer>
- Fires when the helicopter health changes. The integer is the percentage of health the chopper has from 0-100.